Data compression is the decrease of the number of bits that have to be saved or transmitted and this particular process is really important in the internet hosting field because data kept on hard disks is typically compressed in order to take less space. You'll find many different algorithms for compressing data and they offer different efficiency based on the content. A number of them remove just the redundant bits, so that no data can be lost, while others erase unneeded bits, which leads to worse quality once the data is uncompressed. This method uses a lot of processing time, which means that a web hosting server has to be powerful enough so as to be able to compress and uncompress data in real time. An example how binary code could be compressed is by "remembering" that there are five consecutive 1s, for example, rather than storing all five 1s.

Data Compression in Shared Hosting

The cloud web hosting platform where your shared hosting account shall be created works by using the revolutionary ZFS file system. The LZ4 compression method that the latter employs is better in various aspects, and not only does it compress information better than any compression method which some other file systems use, but it is also much quicker. The gains are significant particularly on compressible content such as website files. While it could sound unreasonable, uncompressing data with LZ4 is faster than reading uncompressed info from a hard disk drive, so the performance of any Internet site hosted on our servers will be enhanced. The better and quicker compression rates also make it possible for us to generate multiple daily backups of the whole content in every single web hosting account, so should you delete something by accident, the last backup which we have will not be more than a few hours old. This can be done as the backups take significantly less space and their generation is fast enough, so as to not influence the performance of our servers.